N.Korea Creates Post of 2nd-in-Command

  • By Kim Myong-song

    June 02, 2021 13:56

    The North Korean regime has created the new post of a second-in-command to the supreme leader, presumably so the incumbent can take the flak for Kim Jong-un's failings.

    The new post of "first secretary" of the Workers Party is flagged in revised party rules, a source said.

    The regime revised the rules at a party congress in January, when it authorized a "plenary session of the party Central Committee" to "elect the first secretary and other secretaries."

    "The first secretary is second-in-command to the general secretary," who is Kim, and one of a total of seven secretaries.

    He or she can chair meetings "upon authorization" from the general secretary. Previously only members of the Politburo Standing Committee could chair meetings on Kim's behalf.

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (3rd from left) talks with Workers Party Secretary Jo Yong-won while he attends a concert with his wife Ri Sol-ju in Pyongyang in May this year, in this grab from [North] Korean Central Television.

    The committee has five members including Kim. The others are Choe Ryong-hae, the chairman of the Supreme People's Assembly; Jo Yong-won, a party secretary; Ri Pyong-chol, a vice chairman of the party Central Military Commission; and Kim Tok-hun, the premier.

    It is not known who the first party secretary is.

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